European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans, The Independent,

European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans

The passing of the non-binding resolution comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries

  • Jon Sharman
  • Friday 3 March 2017 13:15 GMT

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    The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.

    It comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.

    The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within two months, meaning Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect.

    The Commission discovered three years ago that the US was not meeting its obligations under the reciprocity agreement but has not yet taken any legal action. The latest vote, prepared by the civil liberties committee and approved by a plenary session of parliament, gives the Commission two months to act before MEPs can consider action in the European Court of Justice.

    Australia, Brunei, Japan and Canada were also failing in their obligations, but all four have lifted, or are soon to lift, any visa restrictions on travel for EU citizens.

    The Commission is legally obliged to act to suspend the visa waiver for Americans, but the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union have the chance to object to the “delegated act” it uses to do so.

    In December, MEPs pressed for the move in order to “encourage” Washington to play its part, according to a statement by the parliament.

    But Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned of “consequences”, including potential “retaliation” and a drop in visitor numbers precipitating substantial losses for the continent’s tourism industry.

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    I will not be used as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations

    Just days ago the Council said it would liberalise the visa regime for citizens of Georgia travelling into the EU.

    Georgians can now, subject to final approval of the regulation, stay in any EU country for 90 days in any period of 180 days without needing a visa.

    Carmelo Abela, Malta’s minister for national security, said: “This agreement will bring the people of Georgia and the EU closer together and will strengthen tourism and business ties. It follows the completion of the necessary reforms by Georgia, addressing document security, border management, migration and asylum.”

    Last month it was reported that the EU was considering the adoption of a US-style electronic travel permit scheme – a move that could create a new administrative hurdle for British tourists after Brexit.





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    Top European train trips

    By Joe Minihane, for CNN Travel – 11 February, 2013

    There’s something magical about boarding from a rail platform in London and disembarking in Paris, or breaking out a bottle of wine on an overnight train for a romantic weekend in St. Petersburg.

    Glacier trains, lake views and mountain passes … Europe’s best train journeys second as destinations unto themselves.

    Tell us about your favorite European train trips in the comments section.

    London to Avignon

    London’s Eurostar connection has made hopping on the train to the continent a far more enjoyable alternative than venturing out to the city’s crowded, retail-obsessed airports.

    This gorgeous, long-distance route to southern France’s former papal seat can be done direct in the summer in less than six hours, with service every Saturday.

    Non-direct journeys involve a swift change in Lille, adding just half an hour to the journey time.

    A stretch through the Kent countryside gives you a brief glimpse of one of England’s prettiest counties before the train rolls on at 300 kph through eastern France, with beautiful views of vineyards and ancient towns.

    Take the early train and you’ll be there in time for a leisurely glass of Chateauneuf.

    From £264 (US$399) round-trip; uk.eurostar.com

    Geneva to Milan

    For the majority of this four-hour trip you’ll be looking out at spectacular views of Lake Geneva before racing across alpine meadows bordered by colossal snow-topped mountains.

    The train passes through the towns of Lausanne and Brig, where you can jump off and take the stunning Glacier Express, which takes seven and a half hours to chug along endless switchbacks to the ski resort of St. Moritz.

    No worries about tight schedules: Swiss railways are among the most punctual in the world.

    From CHF181 (US$195) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Le Train Jaune, Pyrenees

    You can lean from the open windows to feel the breeze.

    Resembling the sort of toy train you’d find in a model village,  Le Train Jaune, the “yellow train,” is a century-old institution that offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees.

    It’s also an ideal way for skiers in this corner of France to reach the area’s excellent resorts.

    Running between the mountain villages of Villefranche de Conflent and Latour de Carol, the train creeps up to a height of 1,600 meters above sea level during its three-hour ascent, crossing original suspension bridges and forts that helped defend this border region long ago.

    From €34 (US$42) round-trip; discovergirona.net

    Berlin to Moscow

    A classic route between two of eastern Europe’s most powerful and beguiling cities.

    This day-long trip strikes east to the nearby Polish border, through the Polish cities of Poznan and Warsaw before traversing Belarus via Minsk and entering Russia.

    Vast, snowy winter landscapes are what really make this a must-do in the frigid months of the year. Second-class private berths are snug, with two bunks and a fold-down chair, while swankier first-class berths come with a TV and wine.

    Note: You’ll need a transit visa for getting through Belarus.

    Zurich Airport to Arosa

    Rightly billed as the world’s most beautiful airport transfer, this route, via a quick change to a smaller regional service in the town of Chur, is the perfect introduction to Switzerland.

    The journey from Chur passes through the town’s postcard outskirts before heaving itself up impossibly steep hairpins.

    The views are top notch, with mountain passes and snowy forests in every direction.

    The real highlight comes when the train glides across the Langwieser Viadukt, 60 meters above the thundering River Plessure.  The world’s first reinforced concrete viaduct, it’s a marvel of Swiss engineering.

    There’s simply no better way to ease into a week on the slopes.

    From CHF23 (US$25) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Sofia to Belgrade

    You won’t want to sleep through one of the continent’s most fascinating train rides.

    You can grab a bunk and take a sleeper on this jaunt through the Balkans, but you’d be missing out on one of the continent’s most fascinating views.

    Starting in Bulgaria’s increasingly popular capital, the eight-hour day train offers a fascinating glimpse into how this recently troubled part of Europe still has one foot in the past.

    The rolling stock is Communist-era vintage and some of the guards still wear Yugoslavian uniforms, while the views range from  idiosyncratic Orthodox churches to the kind of Old World agricultural landscapes you probably thought had died out in Europe some time in the mid-20th century.

    From 26 BGN Lev (US$18) one-way with Interrail pass; www.countryconnect.co.uk

    Helsinki to St. Petersburg

    This seriously swift route cuts through evergreen forests with views across arctic lakes in the summer.

    This snappy route used to take five and a half hours on creaking Soviet-era carriages before new Allegro high-speed trains slashed journey times by two hours in 2010.

    There’s a proper restaurant car for indulging that “high roller traveling through eastern Europe” vibe, while the service is as good as you’ll find on any train on the continent.

    Currently there are four trains a day, with plans to get the overall ride down to just three hours total in the next few years.

    From €144 (US$194) round-trip; www.vr.fi





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    Greek debt relief closer than ever but creditors must act, Greek


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    Greek debt relief ‘closer than ever’ but creditors must act, Greek prime minister says

    ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras kept up his demand for debt relief from international lenders on Tuesday, saying Athens was close to securing a solution to ease its debt mountain but that creditors must meet there commitments.

    Greece wants to wrap up negotiations with the lenders — the European Union and International Monetary Find — on reforms and on debt relief this month.

    It needs another tranche of bailout money, wants to qualify for inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program, and seeks to return to bond markets immediately afterwards.

    “We are closer than ever to a substantial solution on debt relief,” said Tsipras reiterating that Greece had already agreed to apply more austerity after its current bailout expires and it was its lenders’ turn to fulfill their promises of discussions about debt relief.

    “Τhe ball is no longer in our court,” he told reporters referring to lenders’ statements on debt relief in past years.

    Despite Greece’s recent statements and a bailout review agreement at staff level, sources close to the lenders have been less optimistic seeing talks on debt relief lasting longer than May.

    This is because of sharp differences between the IMF and Germany, Europe’s paymaster, over the Greece’s fiscal targets. The former says Greece’s target and debt are unsustainable; the latter, with an election coming, is less willing to drop its hard line.

    After six months of tense talks, Athens and the lenders reached a deal last week on a set of additional reforms the country needs to implement in 2019-20, two years after its current, 86-billion euro bailout program expires.

    Greece wants euro zone finance ministers to approve the reforms’ deal at a scheduled Eurogroup meeting on May 22 — a key condition for unlocking vital loans — but also agree on a formula to make its debt sustainable in the medium-term and long term.

    Debt sustainability is key for the European Central Bank and the Washington-based IMF, which participated financially in the country’s first two rescue packages, but has yet to announce whether it will join Greece’s current program, the third since 2010.

    Greek lawmakers are expected to vote on the new austerity package by May 18, before euro zone finance ministers assess the country’s progress.

    Tsipras, who is sagging in opinion polls and whose term expires in 2019, controls 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and he is expected to pass the bill.

    But the delays in the negotiations have slowed projected economic growth and have exacerbated reform fatigue after seven years of austerity hurting the government’s popularity further.

    Asked whether he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, Tsipras ruled it out.

    “We are not considering it. Our aim now is to speed up work as much as we can,” he said during a visit at the education ministry, where he announced a planned education reform.

    (Additional reporting Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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    Protection of personal data – European Commission #europa,european #commission,institutions,news,calendar,organisation,commissioners,president,recruitment,contact,services,european #union,eu


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    Protection of personal data

    In January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of data protection rules in the EU .

    On 4 May 2016, the official texts of the Regulation and the Directive have been published in the EU Official Journal in all the official languages. While the Regulation will enter into force on 24 May 2016, it shall apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive enters into force on 5 May 2016 and EU Member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018 .

    The objective of this new set of rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

    Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number.

    What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information?

    Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data.

    Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or organisations which collect and manage your personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.

    Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Conflicting data protection rules in different countries would disrupt international exchanges. Individuals might also be unwilling to transfer personal data abroad if they were uncertain about the level of protection in other countries.

    Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. You have the right to complain and obtain redress if your data is misused anywhere within the EU.

    The EU’s Data Protection Directive also foresees specific rules for the transfer of personal data outside the EU to ensure the best possible protection of your data when it is exported abroad.

    Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection

    The Article 29 Working Party, composed of representatives from all EU Data Protection Authorities, the EDPS and the European Commission, was set up under the Directive 95/46/EC. It has advisory status and acts independently.


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    European Vacation Planning Timeline #travelling #australia

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    Europe Travel 101 – European Vacation Planning Timeline

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    Our travel planning timeline is divided into five sections, each a roadmap for the things that should be done during that time.

    Continue Reading Below

    Use our travel planning road map, and you ll be assured of taking care of the very basic tasks that go with planning an independent vacation.

    6 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Click the link above to see what you should be doing six months before your vacation. Here s the basics of travel planning we ll help you with:

    • Choosing a destination – the big task this month!
    • European Guidebooks
    • Renting a vacation house
    • Learning a language

    This is the time to start to choose where you d like to go, and maybe start thinking about guidebooks.

    We ll discuss an option for your European vacation that you probably haven t considered, but one which will save money, especially for families–renting a vacation house for a week. We ll also consider learning a language, or at least learning the polite words which usually open doors–as if by magic!–for the independent traveler.

    3 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Three months before you go is the right time to get serious about your European Vacation Planning:

    • Finding the Best Airfare
    • Apply for a Passport if you haven t already

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    • Start thinking about walking shoes !

    At this point you ll still be doing some things from three months ago. That s ok, but we re going to add some things, like finding airfares, and getting a passport if you don t already have one. And you ll be walking a lot in Europe, so it s time to think about good, solid walking shoes that you can wear to a good restaurant. There s nothing worse than to have to lug around many shoes, believe me.

    2 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    A couple months or so before you go you ll need to figure out where to stay and how to get around:

    • Hotel Reservations
    • Train or Car – Time to choose your main transportation
    • Car? Rent or Lease ?
    • Train? Rail Pass or Point to Point tickets?

    1 Month Before You Travel to Europe

    Think STUFF! One month before you to, it s time to get your stuff together:

    • Luggage
    • Camera(s)
    • Money
    • Budgeting
    • Travel Insurance

    Yes, by now you ve got a route, reservations, a way to get around Europe–so it s time to think off all the stuff you re going to bring, including the all-important money.

    Right Before You Travel to Europe – Final Checklist!

    Time for those last minute checks before boarding the plane for that European vacation!

    • Call Your Credit Card Companies
    • Got Meds? Write Down the Details
    • Pack Light. Pack Right.
    • Final Check – Packing List and Department of State Travel Warnings

    Here s where you start getting excited. But hold off, you ve still got work to do in the last few days before you fly away on your European vacation.





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    Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


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    Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

    The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

    (Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

    The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

    Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

    “We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

    “Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

    The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

    Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

    The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

    “This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

    The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

    However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

    “In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

    Weighty Decision

    DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

    The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

    The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

    Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

    “The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

    European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

    “We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

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    Cheap European rail tours #travel #agents #uk

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    Cheap European rail tours

    Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, suggests the most cost-effective options for a rail tour of Europe.

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    FAQ: Is there a moneysaving pass which would allow us to spend 10 days or so touring European cities by train, with a flexible itinerary. We are both in our sixties will this make it cheaper?

    Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies

    But for flexibility and the possibility to change your plans whenever you wish, the most straightforward and cost-effective way of organising your trip is to buy an InterRail Pass. These are open to European citizens (or to anyone who has lived in Europe for more than six months) and are available to buy as early as three months before departure.

    Within the ‘Global category, you can buy a flexi ticket which gives you unlimited travel on a set number of days within a 10 or 22-day time period. Or you can buy a continuous ticket which allows you to travel every day within a specific time period (either 15 days, 22 days or a month).





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    FORT GEORGE

    Fort George has set out to establish itself as a cultural hub in the Adriatic acting as a focal point for people to meet and experience its history, culture and unique entertainment. Situated on the island of Vis, Croatia, Fort George was built by the British Navy in 1813 as part of their efforts to wrest control of the Adriatic from Napoleon. Standing on a high promontory with a commanding and breathtaking view of the island, the fort is currently undergoing the second phase of restoration to become a high-end, multi-purpose venue.

    The rich heritage of the fort will be captured and preserved in a small museum housing paintings, maps and other artefacts relating to its turbulent past.

    WINE CELLAR

    Every inch a match for the selection of spirits and cigars upstairs, the wine cellar will be carefully stocked to trump expectations and reward exploration.

    RESTAURANT

    The mission here is to offer new, innovative and interesting cuisine mirroring the vaulting ambition of the Fort George project and a dining experience to live up to its spectacular setting.

    Artists will be invited to take up residencies to allow them to respond to and be inspired by their surroundings, infusing the fort with their vibrancy and creativity.

    The garden will host a string of high-profile bands, solo artists and DJís as part of a programme of summer entertainment.





    06/09/2017

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    Europe Vacations, European Vacations, Europe Vacation Packages, Europe Travel Packages, Europe

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    Independent Europe Vacations

    Our independent Europe vacations provide maximum flexibility and value. You’ll save money with low hotel rates that tour operators negotiate in advance, and because your vacation doesn’t have a set itinerary for each day, you’re free to spend your time however you choose.

    Find a Europe Vacation

    Tour operators research lodging options in each city and select hotels that are conveniently close to major attractions. With some packages, daily breakfasts and a sightseeing orientation are included in the price. You won’t travel with a tour director on an independent vacation as you would on an escorted tour, though some packages include the services of local hosts in each city who can recommend restaurants and excursions.

    Stay a week in London or Paris, for example, touring famous museums and visiting historic landmarks. Embrace Italy’s romantic ambiance on an independent trip to Rome, Florence and Venice. Or, immerse yourself in the local culture with multi-night or weeklong stays in other renowned cities like Amsterdam, Madrid, Munich, Vienna and Budapest.

    Along with discounted hotel rates, tour companies also offer low rates on airfare. Our travel counselors can quote air prices and hunt for special air offers that save you even more money on an air-and-hotel package.

    Independent Europe vacations are classified according to the quality and location of hotels. The quality listed for each package on this site follows the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe).

    Book Now and Save on Independent Europe Vacations!





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    Renewable energy – European Commission #energy, #european #commission, #european #union, #eu


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    Renewable energy

    Renewable energy

    Overview

    Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. By using more renewables to meet its energy needs, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe.

    2020 renewable energy targets

    The EU’s Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this, EU countries have committed to reaching their own national renewables targets ranging from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden. They are also each required to have at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020.

    All EU countries have adopted national renewable energy action plans showing what actions they intend to take to meet their renewables targets. These plans include sectorial targets for electricity, heating and cooling, and transport; planned policy measures; the different mix of renewables technologies they expect to employ; and the planned use of cooperation mechanisms .

    A new target for 2030

    Renewables will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. EU countries have already agreed on a new renewable energy target of at least 27% of final energy consumption in the EU as a whole by 2030 as part of the EU’s energy and climate goals for 2030 .

    On 30 November 2016, the Commission published a proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive to make the EU a global leader in renewable energy and ensure that the 2030 target is met.

    Support schemes for renewables

    Public interventions such as support schemes remain necessary to make certain renewable energy technologies competitive. To avoid distorting energy prices and the market however, these schemes should be time-limited and carefully designed. The EU has issued guidance on support schemes to help governments when they design or revise support schemes.

    Progress reports

    Every two years, the EU publishes a renewable energy progress report .

    The 2017 report states that the EU as a whole achieved a 16% share of renewable energy in 2014 and an estimated 16.4% share in 2015. The vast majority of EU countries are well on track to reach their 2020 binding targets for renewable energy.

    This report was published in February 2017 alongside the Second State of the Energy Union report.

    Transparency Platform

    Under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission must keep a ‘transparency platform’. This allows public access to national and Commission documents relating to renewable energy.


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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

    So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

    Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

    How the test was done

    For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

    Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

    How to use the list below

    Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

    Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

    Related information

    Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

    This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

    Complete list of 23 is below

    10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

    10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

    10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

    10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

    10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

    10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





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    European Leadership Network was incorporated in United Kingdom 6 year ago on Tuesday 08 February 2011 having Corporate Identification Number as 07521896 and having its registered office located in Devon. European Leadership Network has over 9 Director according to the latest annual return filed by the company with Registrar of Companies in United Kingdom
    European Leadership Network is an PRIVATE LIMITED GUARANT NSC LIMITED EXEMPTION company classified as Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities (72200) in UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities and There are currently no charges reported against the company recently.
    The company have submitted its last annual return on Monday 08 February 2016 and its accounts are are made up to Monday 29 February 2016 total exemption small the next accounts made up to Tuesday 28 February 2017 are due by Thursday 30 November 2017.

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    Raanan Eliaz is the founder of ELNET, the European Leadership Network. Under his leadership the organization promoted closer relations between Europe and Israel, and the political empowerment of European friends of Israel.

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    Europeans should watch the French legislative election just as closely as the presidential one as the fate of France – and Europe – may still hang in the balance on May 8. Alice Billon-Galland works as a Researcher at the European Leadership Network (ELN).

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    If you have ever felt apprehensive about traveling to Europe, and what you might find when you get there, you will be delighted to learn that it is one of the safest travel destinations in the world. Not only will you discover a whole different way of life but many fascinating cultures, a rich history and some stunning architecture.

    Contrasting cities, magnificent beaches and the warm Mediterranean Sea are just some of the marvelous experiences you will enjoy, with most of Europe easily accessible by road, rail or air. Our 50 Best European Travel Blogs mix up the best wondrous stories with informative resources and practical tips to help you get the most from any European trip. Bon Voyage!

    General European Travel Information

    Consumer Traveler – Pitching itself as “the last honest travel site”, this blog provides valuable information and safety advice irrespective of where you are traveling to in Europe

    European Hotel Specialist – Well-written blog  includes excellent resources for hotel availability and provides video clips, so you see  what you are paying for before you leave your computer.

    Trip Advisor – The ultimate accommodation resource, with reviews written by the millions of travelers to visit Europe each year –  good to check before you book your accommodation!

    Travel Rants – Blogging about all the things that can go wrong when traveling in Europe

    Travel Europe –Practical advice on planning your trip and some inique destinations

    General European Travel Blogs

    Europe a la Carte – Excellent review blog – with descriptive podcasts and videos  for the traveler who prefers independence rather than a set itinerary

    Hotel Club – More than a hotel booking site, Hotel Club contains some excellent, perceptive blogs about the most popular destinations in Europe

    Frugal Traveler – The NYT has an excellent series on how to see Europe on a budget.

    Travelblog Europe – This site is host to individual blogs by people who have “done” Europe

    Europe Up Close – An entertaining and insightful guide, with plenty of tips and links to travel deals

    Spotted By Locals – City by city guide to Europe with free online iPhone apps on offer!

    Rick Steve´s Europe – European travel for everyone on this fantastic resource and travel guide

    Roaming Times – Traveling through Europe in an RV can get you to some exotic locations

    Free in Europe – Free tourist attractions and things to do throughout the whole of Europe

    The Smacaults – A European-wide road adventure with “fun” as the major keyword

    Eastern Europe Travel Blogs

    Jewish Heritage Travel – Ruth Gruber chronicles Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European Jewish issues ,and compliments her writing with excellent photography

    Addicted to Travel – Things to do in Eastern Europe with over 300  photos to whet your appetite

    Globe Trooper – Fantastic photos and guides to some of the less-well known cities of Europe

    Central East Europe – News, travel information and destination guides for Eastern Europe

    Eurail Blog – Travel stories of a young American seeing Eastern Europe from a train

    France Travel Blogs

    The Paris Blog – Superb blog about places and events in the capital of France with a fantastic resource section linking to the English versions of Paris travel news

    Unlock Paris – I. Paris explores the hidden treasures that you would not normally find in a guide

    The French Way – An Australian writes with infectious enthusiasm about his French tours

    Why Travel to France – All the best bits, complimented by intriguing photos and videos

    France Travel Secrets – Romantic castles, skiing and wine combined with cookery lessons!

    Ireland Travel Blogs

    Dream Ireland – Things to go and places to see in the Emerald Isle, with links to car rental and suggestions for accommodation

    Ireland´s Hidden Gems – Fantastic commentary on the history and heritage of Ireland, with some stunning photography and tips for places to see on your travels

    Irish Fireside – Intelligent blogs, videos and podcasts feature fascinating Irish history and culture

    Vagabond Journey – A really useful resource, full of practical advice for travelers to Ireland

    My Guide Ireland – Some very readable articles blend in smoothly with Irish travel advice

    Italy Travel Blogs

    Italy Vacation Blog – The Boot of Europe gets a real shine in this blog about some of the finer residences you may come across on your travels

    Dream of Italy – Information about sight-seeing tours, accommodation and car rental in Italy

    Wandering Italy – Laugh out loud blog about traveling independently through Italy

    Florence and Tuscany Blog – Stories, photos and tips for traveling in beautiful regions of Italy

    Rome Writings – The Vatican, ice cream and penis-shaped pasta – where else but Rome?

    Mediterranean Travel Blogs

    Greece Travel Blog – Superb blog about a country of culture, mythology and glorious beaches.

    Turkish Travel Blog – Not strictly Europe (yet!), but well worth including in this list

    Crete Blog – Find out more about this stunning island isolated in the middle of the Mediterranean

    History of Macedonia – If you think that ancient history was all Greeks and Trojans – think again!

    Med Food and Travel – All of Europe´s Mediterranean coastline covered in this culinary blog

    Spain Travel Blogs

    I Want to Go to Spain – Vibrant reports about many of the coastal resorts that make the Spanish Costas the Nº 1 vacation destination for many Europeans

    Abroad in Spain – Very funny and insightful guide to living in Spain as an expat American

    Spain Travel Blog – Some of the hidden beauties of Spain revealed in this well-written blog

    Notes From Spain – Informative views about the current political and economic climate in Spain

    Madrid Travel Blog – Travel, tourism and a passion for soccer in the capital of Spain!

    United Kingdom Travel Blogs

    UK Travel Blog – Easy to read and informative travel blog, whichever region of the U.K. you are planning to visit and no matter whether you are visiting for business or pleasure

    Cherie City – Food and fashion feature in this blog heavily influenced by London

    UK Airports Information Blog – Essential advice if your destination is via a U.K. airport

    Enjoy England – People who work in the U.K. travel industry go on their U.K. vacations

    Cheese ´n´ Biscuits – Think English food is all roast beef and fish and chips – think again!





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    Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

    Aug 20, 2014 | Updated Oct 20, 2014

    Whether you’re a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who’ve finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of passage. The major cities are home to romantic, grand stations while the countryside is dotted with charming little depots. Train travel has been a staple of extended European vacations for decades, as it is often the easiest way to navigate the continent and allow for plenty of flexibility in your itinerary. Depending on the kind of trip you’re taking, you’ll either want to buy a rail pass, which is valid for travel in several countries for a specific number of days, or point-to-point tickets. But how to decide? Here’s what you need to know to plan your rail excursion.

    RAIL PASS TYPES There are many different types of rail passes that you can purchase, and you’ve probably heard about Eurail and its Global Pass, Select Pass, Regional Pass, and One Country Pass. The Eurail Global Pass allows continuous travel to 24 countries throughout Europe (although it doesn’t cover some regions like Great Britain or Poland, nor does it cover travel aboard Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels train or any Paris to Italy night trains.). You can buy a continuous pass for 15 or 21 days; one, two, or three months; or a flexipass version that’s good for 10 or 15 days of travel within a two-month period.

    With the Select Pass you pick four bordering countries–some of which, like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) are grouped together and are considered one country for the sake of the pass–and you can travel for five, six, eight, or 10 days within a two-month window.

    A variety of Regional Passes are available that offer train service between popular routes like France and Italy, the Benelux states, and Germany, as well as France and Spain. (See the full list of regional Eurail pass options. ) You can purchase four-to 10-day passes that can be used within a two-month window.

    And, of course, you can purchase a One Country Pass for travel within one country, like Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden. Take a look at the list of One Country Passes .

    FIRST AND SECOND CLASS TRAIN CARS European trains offer first- and second-class cars. First-class cars generally have roomier seats, wider aisles, and extras like air-conditioning. Business travelers or those hoping to catch a few winks tend to book first-class tickets. Second-class cars often cost up to a third less than first-class tickets and they are quite comfortable, although generally more crowded. Many rail passes force anyone over the age of 26 to purchase a first-class pass, while anyone under that age has the option to buy a pass for either class.

    RESERVED SEATING: IS IT A MUST? Some popular routes–like Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels itinerary–do require that each passenger reserve a seat. That’s also often the case if you want to travel on a high-speed train. However, the vast majority of trains don’t require advance seat reservations. Visit the Deutsche Bahn online schedule to check to see whether or not a reservation is required for the trains you’re hoping to ride. Advance seating reservations can be free, a few dollars per person, or as much as $35. You can make your reservations at any train station in Europe or in advance through many U.S.-based train pass service agencies.

    WHAT’S BETTER: A RAIL PASS OR POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS? If you’ve never traveled Europe by train, there’s a lot of information to process. It can be difficult to know if it’s a better deal to buy a rail pass or simply go for a series of point-to-point tickets. To decide, write a rough draft of your itinerary. Which countries will you visit and when? Which will you travel to by train? How many train trips do you expect to take? Visit sites like Eurail and Rail Europe that offer maps, schedules, and fares for more than 50 European train companies. Or, consult these country-specific train companies:

    Generally speaking, a pass may be worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time on trains and are visiting many different countries. Remember, some countries have better train coverage than others. If you’re exploring Ireland or Greece, for example, a rail pass would probably do you no good since you likely won’t be able to get to all of your desired destinations by train.

    Andrea M. Rotondo is a writer based in New York City. She covers cruise and luxury travel trends for Fodors.com, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, and other websites and magazines. She also teaches travelers how to leverage their frequent flyer miles at FrequentFlyerToolkits.com.





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    The first class car in Italy

    I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend logic and reality letting my mind wander with the rocking. Then my eyes catch a glimpse, I sit up more alert and focus in on it -a castle high on a hill in the distance. It has multiple towers and levels set in this picture perfect landscape and my brain is now processing the fact that there’s no way I am in America but I’ve been traveling so fast – it’s hard for me to keep up where I am these days.  A wave of happiness swept over me as I realized I would have never seen this if I had been on a plane flying between European countries.

    It has always been a goal of mine to take the train around Europe and now finally when I’m well past the age of backpacking Europe, I find myself riding around Europe for 2 months on a Eurail pass. Since I was going to be traveling around to various cities as the “Go with Oh” Blogger. I needed a way to get from city to city and rail was the first and only thing that came to mind.

    You ll fall in love with train stations in Europe

    I m a train lover in fact I ve had a fascinating history with trains as I worked for a railroad in my first job out of college.  I used to think that a Eurail pass was this free-wheeling, hippy-ish way to travel; you had one ticket and just hopped on and off trains much like those city Hop on-Hop Off tour buses. However when I received my Eurail packet in the mail back in the States, I eagerly opened it up and quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. There was a whole booklet on how to activate and utilize your pass. There were rules, restrictions, and guidelines; this is not the vocabulary of hippies.

    Big sigh hippy dream dies…but still excited.

    My first order of business was to understand what exactly the pass got me. I had the Eurail Global Pass that allowed me to travel first class anywhere in Europe for 15 travel days over the course of 2 months; it was sort of the ‘mack daddy’ of Eurail passes, so this was a good start. However as I read on I learned that I couldn’t just hop on any train anytime (if I expected to get anywhere in a timely manner), instead many trains between countries required reservations and reservation fees.

    My Route

    I had planned to go from Rome to Venice to Vienna, to Berlin, to Paris, to Barcelona, with a few local jaunts mixed in.

    Things you should know about the Eurail Global Pass

    Reservations

    Yes you still have to make reservations in most circumstances.  You will definitely need a reservation for any overnight train.  In order to make this reservation and research process eaiser   don’t throw that seemingly silly old school paper train schedule book away when they send it to you. It was my Bible for the initial research I needed to do to even consider a reservation. One would think that paper schedules are passé…but not for riding the rails across Europe. You can find a few sites with the schedules for the mainstream train routes. but since you are covering a variety of countries and train systems, there’s not really a great single place to go and figure this stuff out across countries. Plus – much of the time when I needed to do the research, I didn’t have wifi available. So – hold on to the booklet – you’ll look retro and cool paging through time tables – trust me.

    My sleeper compartment from Berlin to Paris

    I used the book to figure out what trains I wanted to take and get the general timeframes, and then as I was near a station in a major city I would stop in and book the seat whenever I could. I did this for night legs (required), but I would highly recommend to reserve long legs across countries even if they are during the day. There is normally an extra fee – but you will know you have a seat.

    Follow all of the rules, even if they seem stupid

    For many local routes you don’t even need to get a ticket as your pass serves as your ticket. However – you do need to fill in the date and location of your travel on your paper ticket by hand with a pen before the conductor comes around to ‘take’ your ticket. Yes, I know what you are thinking – this seems rather silly and absurd in this day and age. Ahem…follow all of the rules even if they seem stupid. And note that even if you have a ticket because you reserved a seat and had to pay a few extra Euros for that seat – you still need to have the date filled in on your global pass. This scribbling on your pass is essentially your ticket, and if you forgot to fill in the information on your pass because you were running to catch the train, then you are SOL. The conductor can actually fine you as without the scribble you are technically on the train without a ticket. Yes, this happened to me once, and the conductor luckily just gave me a stern look of disapproval and a warning. Phew.

    First Class travel

    As you reserve, make sure that you get your first class designation and seat. The Eurail passes are first class passes, and this my friends makes your life so much easier – take advantage of it! However do know that the quality of first class varies drastically between countries and trains. When I went from Venice to Vienna there was a leg of it that was on the bus, and even my bus seat was first class. It came with more room, and free coffee!

    My first class bus seating from Venice to Vienna

    A Couple of Tips

    If you are going by train, then my best piece of advice is leave the rolling suitcase at home. Take a backpack as it’s so much easier to get on and off the trains as well as around the stations. Many of the stations in Europe are not accessible accept by stairs. Trust me on this – you will be happier.

    You can reserve an international ticket even if you are not in the country you are reserving for. I was in Rome and I knew I needed to do an overnight train from Berlin to Paris in 4 weeks and I needed to reserve it now. I simply went to the Rome Termini, stood in line for a bit and then they helped me book my ticket between Germany and France.

    Overnight trains can be expensive – even with the Eurail pass, but often you can still cover the distance in the day and actually get to pay less and see more. I saved 75 Euro by taking the day train from Paris to Barcelona – and I was sitting in 1st class!

    Overall I loved exploring Europe by rail, it was a great way to see the countryside and avoid annoying airports and security!

    What Eurail tips do you have to share?





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    Europe Travel 101 – European Vacation Planning Timeline

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    Our travel planning timeline is divided into five sections, each a roadmap for the things that should be done during that time.

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    Use our travel planning road map, and you ll be assured of taking care of the very basic tasks that go with planning an independent vacation.

    6 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Click the link above to see what you should be doing six months before your vacation. Here s the basics of travel planning we ll help you with:

    • Choosing a destination – the big task this month!
    • European Guidebooks
    • Renting a vacation house
    • Learning a language

    This is the time to start to choose where you d like to go, and maybe start thinking about guidebooks.

    We ll discuss an option for your European vacation that you probably haven t considered, but one which will save money, especially for families–renting a vacation house for a week. We ll also consider learning a language, or at least learning the polite words which usually open doors–as if by magic!–for the independent traveler.

    3 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Three months before you go is the right time to get serious about your European Vacation Planning:

    • Finding the Best Airfare
    • Apply for a Passport if you haven t already

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    • Start thinking about walking shoes !

    At this point you ll still be doing some things from three months ago. That s ok, but we re going to add some things, like finding airfares, and getting a passport if you don t already have one. And you ll be walking a lot in Europe, so it s time to think about good, solid walking shoes that you can wear to a good restaurant. There s nothing worse than to have to lug around many shoes, believe me.

    2 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    A couple months or so before you go you ll need to figure out where to stay and how to get around:

    • Hotel Reservations
    • Train or Car – Time to choose your main transportation
    • Car? Rent or Lease ?
    • Train? Rail Pass or Point to Point tickets?

    1 Month Before You Travel to Europe

    Think STUFF! One month before you to, it s time to get your stuff together:

    • Luggage
    • Camera(s)
    • Money
    • Budgeting
    • Travel Insurance

    Yes, by now you ve got a route, reservations, a way to get around Europe–so it s time to think off all the stuff you re going to bring, including the all-important money.

    Right Before You Travel to Europe – Final Checklist!

    Time for those last minute checks before boarding the plane for that European vacation!

    • Call Your Credit Card Companies
    • Got Meds? Write Down the Details
    • Pack Light. Pack Right.
    • Final Check – Packing List and Department of State Travel Warnings

    Here s where you start getting excited. But hold off, you ve still got work to do in the last few days before you fly away on your European vacation.





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    AAA Membership Savings in Europe

    Traveling in Europe? Find savings at more than 2,500 partner locations throughout Europe with your AAA Membership. Use your AAA card wherever you see this sign:

    To learn more about membership savings internationally through AAA at your local AAA website, click “GO.” International Affiliate Members, click here to access the site.

    So Many Landmarks and Sights to See

    Golf on one of Ireland’s world-renowned courses and fish in their plentiful waters. Hop over to Scotland, and see the variety of castles, monuments and old battlegrounds. In England, visit Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford upon Avon, Canterbury Cathedral, and Stonehenge.

    On the mainland part of your European vacation, you can explore France’s Bordeaux region, the museums of Versailles and see Paris famous landmarks — L’Arc de Triomphe, Cathedral d’Notre Dame and L‘Eiffel Tower. In Spain are Madrid’s palaces and museums, the orange groves of Valencia, and the “sunshine coast” of Malaga.

    We could go on and on and on. We still haven’t touched on Greece, Italy, Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands, or the Scandinavian countries. But you have more important things to do, like getting out there and traveling.

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    Cheap European rail tours

    Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, suggests the most cost-effective options for a rail tour of Europe.

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    FAQ: Is there a moneysaving pass which would allow us to spend 10 days or so touring European cities by train, with a flexible itinerary. We are both in our sixties will this make it cheaper?

    Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies

    But for flexibility and the possibility to change your plans whenever you wish, the most straightforward and cost-effective way of organising your trip is to buy an InterRail Pass. These are open to European citizens (or to anyone who has lived in Europe for more than six months) and are available to buy as early as three months before departure.

    Within the ‘Global category, you can buy a flexi ticket which gives you unlimited travel on a set number of days within a 10 or 22-day time period. Or you can buy a continuous ticket which allows you to travel every day within a specific time period (either 15 days, 22 days or a month).





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    Rail passes

    Rail passes information

    Buying a rail pass is a great idea if you re travelling around Europe by train or even just within one or two European countries. They offer flexibility and value for money, particularly if you plan on travelling extensively.

    There are 2 main types of pass that you can choose from:

    • A global pass which allows you to travel in and between up to 30 participating countries (see note below).
    • A one, two, three, four or five country pass which may prove to be cheaper, although this is dependent on which ‘zone’ of country you choose. Some of this multi-country combination passes are only available to non-European residents.

    How it works

    • You can choose to have consecutive days travel within a given period.
    • Or choose a certain amount of travel days within a given period (flexi pass).

    There are different pass types based on where you live:

    • If you are normally resident within Europe, you should buy an InterRail pass – but remember that the pass is not valid for travel in your own country.
    • If you are from outside of Europe then you should buy a Eurail pass; this is valid across Europe with the exception of the UK which has a BritRail pass range.

    More information on InterRail passes

    These are for European residents only, but note that you are not permitted to travel within your own country with an InterRail pass.

    The 2 products available within the InterRail range are the Global Pass and the One Country Pass.

    The different passenger types are:

    • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
    • Adult (26-59) – First and second class
    • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
    • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the adult price

    You also need to choose from a consecutive pass (i.e. all days within a month) or a flexi pass (i.e. 8 travel days within a month).

    More information on Eurail passes

    These are for non-European residents only – they are valid in all participating countries, notably excepting the UK where the BritRail pass is the equivalent product.

    There are different products within the Eurail range:

    • Global pass – all participating countries
    • Select pass – 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries (excludes France)
    • Regional pass – 2 bordering countries
    • One country pass (excludes France)

    There are 4 different passenger types:

    • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
    • Adult (26-59) – First class only
    • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
    • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the accompanying adult price

    If 2 or more people travel together (up to a maximum of 5) there is a saving on the price of a Eurail pass, but remember that everyone must travel together at.





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    Bridge Travel Service, classic European package holidays, since 1949 #cheap #car

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    Bridge Travel Group

    Walter Bridge always a travel man!

    Bridge Travel Group, founded in 1949 by Jerry Bridge s late father,Walter Bridge, specialised in European short break package holidays and was both pioneering and entrepreneurial. Two of my earliest recollections of my father, Walter Bridge, was of him racing to the Post Office with bundles of tickets and of him always being the last onto the beach when we were our annual family holiday in Majorca because he d been phoning the office to get the booking stats ! Says Jerry. He had started a travel company in 1948 offering a variety of holidays to different countries in Europe but soon realised that in order to succeed he needed to specialise . Swiss Travel Service was the first company to be launched in such a way in early 1949.

    Walter recruited Alma in 1951 before too long, with his help, she set up Paris Travel Service it was the first company in the UK to actually specialise in just one city how unique was that. The Bridge Travel Group went from strength to strength and despite their children working in the business at various stages (usually school holidays) none were ready to commit to a life in the travel industry and so the successful business was sold in 1979.

    We strongly suggest you view the You Tube video to get a real insight into the early days of both the Bridge Travel Group and the travel industry it s also culturally very interesting.





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    European Travel Packages: 3 Reasons To Buy Insured

    Insured European Travel Packages

    Insured travel packages are always the best bet when planning to go overseas for vacation. European travel packages that are insured will help provide relief in case of unexpected emergencies or setbacks while away on vacation; they work similar to any type of insurance plan, first and foremost, the insurance must be purchased before you set out for departure .

    It’s also important to fully review the terms of the travel insurance policy before making any final decisions.

    Why Buy Insured European Travel Packages? To Protect Your Family and Your Assets

    If anything does happen while out on vacation, and you bought one of the qualifying insured travel packages, it’s always imperative to file a claim right away. In order to file the claim, you will need some form of documentation of the accident.

    Travel insurance reimburses the payee for any expenses that were covered when the original agreement was formed. This type of insurance is ideal when a trip has been canceled, delayed or when evacuation or medical services are required.

    Depending on the policy. providers typically offer coverage for lost baggage, medical expenses or transit issues. Take the time to speak with a representative about your specific concerns because there are many different types of travel insurance policies available as well as exactly what is covered by each unique one of the insured travel packages.

    Mitigate Your Financial Losses

    Sometimes resorts will charge full price for no-shows when certain stipulations aren’t met, for example, canceling within five days of arrival, regardless of the emergency. This is where traveling insurance comes in handy. No one wants to pay top dollar to a premium resort when they don’t even get to enjoy the vacation due to last minute changes.

    Traveling insurance policies typically offer coverage for interruption insurance and trip cancellation as well. This type of insurance policy is also beneficial in the wake of a national emergency in another country, however in these extreme cases the resort is usually understanding as well.

    Protection Against the Unexpected

    Many people opt out of these services because the policies are often comprehensive and include seemingly extraneous coverage for things like identify theft protection. baggage claim or delayed flights. That is the nature of insurance though, these services will often seem useless until something dire happens. It’s also imperative to ensure that the policy will cover the difference between hotel costs just in case the size of the party changes.

    Protecting your family, and your financials, should be top priority when traveling overseas. Whether you are considering Africa travel packages, South American travel packages or European travel packages, it’s always important to invest in traveling insurance. The fact is, the unexpected becomes that more detrimental when you are overseas or away from home; this is when traveling insurance can help.

    Any time an expensive European travel package is on the docket, it’s wise to opt in for a traveler’s insurance policy.

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    30/07/2017

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    European Honeymoons: Custom Luxury Travel: Destination Europe Online – Destination Europe

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    European Honeymoons

    Do you have visions of watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle during a romantic Parisian evening, gliding along the canals of Venice, wine tasting in the Tuscan hills, and staying in the most charming and romantic hotels and castles Europe has to offer? If so, you have found the perfect company to assist with your dream European honeymoon.

    Destination Europe provides professional and personalized planning to all of our clients. We are a small team of destination experts focusing solely on European travel. All of our specialists have first hand travel experience in Europe allowing us to provide you personal experiences, knowledge and a passion for European travel that you won’t find anywhere else. We take care of every detail for you to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.

    Please contact us today to begin planning your dream Honeymoon to Europe!

    • To receive a complete package outline and quote, please submit out Request for Travel form.
    • We carefully select all hotels and suppliers that we work with depending on your budget, interests, requests and dreams.
    • Please be sure to read recent Client Testimonials for feedback on our services, as well as our information on popular honeymoon destinations like Spain. France. Greece. and Italy .

    July 2011, Mr. P. Carney, San Antonio, TX

    Hi, Kayla,

    I am swamped back at work today but wanted to drop you a quick note to say that we had a wonderful trip and that your bookings and organization were outstanding. Bravo! I spent more money than the Greek bailout but everything was top notch.

    Thank you for your excellent efforts – it was an unforgettable experience and my wife especially appreciated all the extra touches (like the Hotel Artemide in Rome giving us the Honeymoon Suite with a private rooftop terrace!!) Bellissimo!

    You are simply the best and we will look forward to working with you again!!

    Travel Insurance

    Destination Europe has adopted the policy of always recommending travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Given recent world events, unexpected and unforeseen occurrences, we highly recommend travel insurance to all of our valued clients. Our insurance provider is Travel Guard – please visit their website for complete benefits coverage and pricing information.





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    European Group Travel – Club Europa Travel #travel #watchdog

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    European Group Travel

    * Club Europa is a tour designer and operator, specializing in European group travel.

    Club Europa was founded in 1959 and has grown from serving general interest tours to speciaizing in European Group Travel.

    Our flight department was among the first to offer discount travel to European cities and between domestic destinations. We are now one the the most respected European Group Travel Agencies in the world.

    Our dynamic team of travel professionals is dedicated to the total success of your travel program abroad. Fifty percent of our senior staff are Europeans – with extensive travel experience and a profound knowledge of the “old” continent.

    While your group is on tour, our Vienna office personnel (real people, not just answering machines) are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide whatever assistance you might require – and to insure that every participant has a memorable and trouble-free trip.

    Our on-site staff of tour directors, local guides, assistants and chauffeurs are carefully chosen and trained by Club Europa – affording you and your group the highest quality professional service.

    Club Europa is proud to be a member of established and respected travel industry associations.





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    European Tour Packages #book #a #cheap #flight

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    European Tour Packages

    Classic architecture, delicious cuisine and cultural delights await you with our European tour packages. Amazing historical landmarks like Stonehenge and the grand city of London can be explored on an escorted tour of England. Get swept away on the breathtaking Danube River on our tour packages to Eastern Europe where you will visit the glorious cities of Vienna and Budapest. Admire the miraculous Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and Leaning Tower of Pisa while on our enchanting Italy tour. Escape to Southern European destinations Morocco and Spain for adventure in the Mediterranean sun. Visit the famous Prado Museum in Madrid or view the majestic mosques of Casablanca.

    What Others Have To Say.

    I enjoyed my 7 days in London and am glad I did so. Such great food, museums, subways, and the people are so polite. The Cosmos European Masterpiece trip was the best trip I ever took in my life. It is truly a good deal and you should sell more of it.

    Traveler on European Masterpiece. May 10 to June 17, 2012





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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

    So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

    Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

    How the test was done

    For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

    Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

    How to use the list below

    Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

    Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

    Related information

    Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

    This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

    Complete list of 23 is below

    10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

    10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

    10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

    10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

    10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

    10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #best

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





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    European Tour – Globus® Escorted Tours #travel #reservations

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    European Escorted Tours

    Save on Value Season Departures

    Save on Value Season Departures

    View Dates Prices to find Select departure dates with special offers and deals.

    Take advantage of our special Value Departures on select year-round vacations and experience more for less! By traveling during the off season you save up to 25% over peak travel dates. With the added benefit of smaller crowds, there is no better time to travel!

    Save $500 per couple on select 2015 Globus Europe departures.*

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    Receive a $400 per couple Air Credit on select 2016 air-inclusive Europe vacations on British Airways, American Airlines or Iberia.*

    *Book a 2016 Globus, Avalon Waterways or Monograms (6 nights or more) Europe air-inclusive vacation on British Airways, American Airlines or Iberia to receive the $200 per person Air Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 16 and November 30, 2015 for travel in 2016. Offer combinable with all other promos. Applies to new 2016 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air must be purchased through Globus, Monograms, or Avalon in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20. PRMY079





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    EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL – About Us #cheap #rental #cars

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    EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL was founded in 1997 by Channing Taylor, a 40-year veteran of the travel business, in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Channing worked for a travel agency after graduating from McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

    After a few years, he went to work for Air Canada, where he worked in sales. Following Air Canada, Channing worked for Quebecair and later for KLM.

    After leaving KLM, he became Sales Director for European Resources, a company which managed and marketed barge and river cruises in Europe.

    In 1997, he founded EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL. Tired of New England winters, he relocated the company to sunny Florida five years ago. The company opened a branch office in Paris, France in 2010.

    Sylvie Chabret manages the Paris office. She has been in the business for over 16 years and has worked as tour guide and was the Paris manager of a major international tour operator.

    Among the staff, we speak English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and even Lithuanian.

    Channing Sylvie

    The Staff, Florida and Paris





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    European Vacation Planning Timeline #srs #travels #online #booking

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    Europe Travel 101 – European Vacation Planning Timeline

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    Our travel planning timeline is divided into five sections, each a roadmap for the things that should be done during that time.

    Continue Reading Below

    Use our travel planning road map, and you ll be assured of taking care of the very basic tasks that go with planning an independent vacation.

    6 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Click the link above to see what you should be doing six months before your vacation. Here s the basics of travel planning we ll help you with:

    • Choosing a destination – the big task this month!
    • European Guidebooks
    • Renting a vacation house
    • Learning a language

    This is the time to start to choose where you d like to go, and maybe start thinking about guidebooks.

    We ll discuss an option for your European vacation that you probably haven t considered, but one which will save money, especially for families–renting a vacation house for a week. We ll also consider learning a language, or at least learning the polite words which usually open doors–as if by magic!–for the independent traveler.

    3 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    Three months before you go is the right time to get serious about your European Vacation Planning:

    • Finding the Best Airfare
    • Apply for a Passport if you haven t already

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    • Start thinking about walking shoes !

    At this point you ll still be doing some things from three months ago. That s ok, but we re going to add some things, like finding airfares, and getting a passport if you don t already have one. And you ll be walking a lot in Europe, so it s time to think about good, solid walking shoes that you can wear to a good restaurant. There s nothing worse than to have to lug around many shoes, believe me.

    2 Months Before You Travel to Europe

    A couple months or so before you go you ll need to figure out where to stay and how to get around:

    • Hotel Reservations
    • Train or Car – Time to choose your main transportation
    • Car? Rent or Lease ?
    • Train? Rail Pass or Point to Point tickets?

    1 Month Before You Travel to Europe

    Think STUFF! One month before you to, it s time to get your stuff together:

    • Luggage
    • Camera(s)
    • Money
    • Budgeting
    • Travel Insurance

    Yes, by now you ve got a route, reservations, a way to get around Europe–so it s time to think off all the stuff you re going to bring, including the all-important money.

    Right Before You Travel to Europe – Final Checklist!

    Time for those last minute checks before boarding the plane for that European vacation!

    • Call Your Credit Card Companies
    • Got Meds? Write Down the Details
    • Pack Light. Pack Right.
    • Final Check – Packing List and Department of State Travel Warnings

    Here s where you start getting excited. But hold off, you ve still got work to do in the last few days before you fly away on your European vacation.





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    Europe Travel, Travel Europe, Europe Tours, European Tours, European Vacations #adventure

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    Save up to 40% on Europe Travel!

    Discover Europe’s rich history, majestic landscapes and diverse cultures with one of our escorted tours, independent vacations or river cruises. Since 1984, Vacations To Go has helped more than four million people see the world, and we’ll confirm your Europe vacation for the lowest possible price!

    Find a Europe Vacation

    With an escorted tour, you won’t have to plot an itinerary, research hotels and schedule transportation, because the planning is handled for you by experts. Accommodations, transportation, meals and guided sightseeing are bundled into one deeply discounted rate, saving you up to 40% off the cost of arranging the same trip on your own. A trained tour director ensures that your trip is both enriching and enjoyable.

    On our independent vacations, you’ll still enjoy low hotel rates and pre-packaged itineraries, but there won’t be a tour director traveling with you. Sightseeing is done on your own or with local guides, and some packages include the services of a host who can suggest restaurants and activities.

    You can also sail Europe’s famed waterways on a relaxing river cruise. An intimate, well-appointed vessel with upscale accommodations carries you from one stop to the next, with onboard meals and entertainment included.

    Vacations To Go offers all Europe vacations from the world’s most respected operators, along with every available discount. Search for your European vacation now by using the box at left. Or, to view current deals, peruse our trips or read more about Europe travel, click the appropriate link above.

    If you see a Europe vacation you like, call us toll-free at +1-713-974-2121 or e-mail us for a quote or reservation. Our experienced Europe Specialists will be happy to help!





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    Buy European Rail Passes, Eurail – InterRail #i2000 #travel

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    Rail passes

    Rail passes information

    Buying a rail pass is a great idea if you re travelling around Europe by train or even just within one or two European countries. They offer flexibility and value for money, particularly if you plan on travelling extensively.

    There are 2 main types of pass that you can choose from:

    • A global pass which allows you to travel in and between up to 30 participating countries (see note below).
    • A one, two, three, four or five country pass which may prove to be cheaper, although this is dependent on which ‘zone’ of country you choose. Some of this multi-country combination passes are only available to non-European residents.

    How it works

    • You can choose to have consecutive days travel within a given period.
    • Or choose a certain amount of travel days within a given period (flexi pass).

    There are different pass types based on where you live:

    • If you are normally resident within Europe, you should buy an InterRail pass – but remember that the pass is not valid for travel in your own country.
    • If you are from outside of Europe then you should buy a Eurail pass; this is valid across Europe with the exception of the UK which has a BritRail pass range.

    More information on InterRail passes

    These are for European residents only, but note that you are not permitted to travel within your own country with an InterRail pass.

    The 2 products available within the InterRail range are the Global Pass and the One Country Pass.

    The different passenger types are:

    • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
    • Adult (26-59) – First and second class
    • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
    • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the adult price

    You also need to choose from a consecutive pass (i.e. all days within a month) or a flexi pass (i.e. 8 travel days within a month).

    More information on Eurail passes

    These are for non-European residents only – they are valid in all participating countries, notably excepting the UK where the BritRail pass is the equivalent product.

    There are different products within the Eurail range:

    • Global pass – all participating countries
    • Select pass – 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries (excludes France)
    • Regional pass – 2 bordering countries
    • One country pass (excludes France)

    There are 4 different passenger types:

    • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
    • Adult (26-59) – First class only
    • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
    • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the accompanying adult price

    If 2 or more people travel together (up to a maximum of 5) there is a saving on the price of a Eurail pass, but remember that everyone must travel together at.





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    Bridge Travel Service, classic European package holidays, since 1949 #find #flights

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    Bridge Travel Group

    Walter Bridge always a travel man!

    Bridge Travel Group, founded in 1949 by Jerry Bridge s late father,Walter Bridge, specialised in European short break package holidays and was both pioneering and entrepreneurial. Two of my earliest recollections of my father, Walter Bridge, was of him racing to the Post Office with bundles of tickets and of him always being the last onto the beach when we were our annual family holiday in Majorca because he d been phoning the office to get the booking stats ! Says Jerry. He had started a travel company in 1948 offering a variety of holidays to different countries in Europe but soon realised that in order to succeed he needed to specialise . Swiss Travel Service was the first company to be launched in such a way in early 1949.

    Walter recruited Alma in 1951 before too long, with his help, she set up Paris Travel Service it was the first company in the UK to actually specialise in just one city how unique was that. The Bridge Travel Group went from strength to strength and despite their children working in the business at various stages (usually school holidays) none were ready to commit to a life in the travel industry and so the successful business was sold in 1979.

    We strongly suggest you view the You Tube video to get a real insight into the early days of both the Bridge Travel Group and the travel industry it s also culturally very interesting.





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    50 Best European Travel Blogs – Zen College Life #round #the

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    If you have ever felt apprehensive about traveling to Europe, and what you might find when you get there, you will be delighted to learn that it is one of the safest travel destinations in the world. Not only will you discover a whole different way of life but many fascinating cultures, a rich history and some stunning architecture.

    Contrasting cities, magnificent beaches and the warm Mediterranean Sea are just some of the marvelous experiences you will enjoy, with most of Europe easily accessible by road, rail or air. Our 50 Best European Travel Blogs mix up the best wondrous stories with informative resources and practical tips to help you get the most from any European trip. Bon Voyage!

    General European Travel Information

    Consumer Traveler – Pitching itself as “the last honest travel site”, this blog provides valuable information and safety advice irrespective of where you are traveling to in Europe

    European Hotel Specialist – Well-written blog  includes excellent resources for hotel availability and provides video clips, so you see  what you are paying for before you leave your computer.

    Trip Advisor – The ultimate accommodation resource, with reviews written by the millions of travelers to visit Europe each year –  good to check before you book your accommodation!

    Travel Rants – Blogging about all the things that can go wrong when traveling in Europe

    Travel Europe –Practical advice on planning your trip and some inique destinations

    General European Travel Blogs

    Europe a la Carte – Excellent review blog – with descriptive podcasts and videos  for the traveler who prefers independence rather than a set itinerary

    Hotel Club – More than a hotel booking site, Hotel Club contains some excellent, perceptive blogs about the most popular destinations in Europe

    Frugal Traveler – The NYT has an excellent series on how to see Europe on a budget.

    Travelblog Europe – This site is host to individual blogs by people who have “done” Europe

    Europe Up Close – An entertaining and insightful guide, with plenty of tips and links to travel deals

    Spotted By Locals – City by city guide to Europe with free online iPhone apps on offer!

    Rick Steve´s Europe – European travel for everyone on this fantastic resource and travel guide

    Roaming Times – Traveling through Europe in an RV can get you to some exotic locations

    Free in Europe – Free tourist attractions and things to do throughout the whole of Europe

    The Smacaults – A European-wide road adventure with “fun” as the major keyword

    Eastern Europe Travel Blogs

    Jewish Heritage Travel – Ruth Gruber chronicles Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European Jewish issues ,and compliments her writing with excellent photography

    Addicted to Travel – Things to do in Eastern Europe with over 300  photos to whet your appetite

    Globe Trooper – Fantastic photos and guides to some of the less-well known cities of Europe

    Central East Europe – News, travel information and destination guides for Eastern Europe

    Eurail Blog – Travel stories of a young American seeing Eastern Europe from a train

    France Travel Blogs

    The Paris Blog – Superb blog about places and events in the capital of France with a fantastic resource section linking to the English versions of Paris travel news

    Unlock Paris – I. Paris explores the hidden treasures that you would not normally find in a guide

    The French Way – An Australian writes with infectious enthusiasm about his French tours

    Why Travel to France – All the best bits, complimented by intriguing photos and videos

    France Travel Secrets – Romantic castles, skiing and wine combined with cookery lessons!

    Ireland Travel Blogs

    Dream Ireland – Things to go and places to see in the Emerald Isle, with links to car rental and suggestions for accommodation

    Ireland´s Hidden Gems – Fantastic commentary on the history and heritage of Ireland, with some stunning photography and tips for places to see on your travels

    Irish Fireside – Intelligent blogs, videos and podcasts feature fascinating Irish history and culture

    Vagabond Journey – A really useful resource, full of practical advice for travelers to Ireland

    My Guide Ireland – Some very readable articles blend in smoothly with Irish travel advice

    Italy Travel Blogs

    Italy Vacation Blog – The Boot of Europe gets a real shine in this blog about some of the finer residences you may come across on your travels

    Dream of Italy – Information about sight-seeing tours, accommodation and car rental in Italy

    Wandering Italy – Laugh out loud blog about traveling independently through Italy

    Florence and Tuscany Blog – Stories, photos and tips for traveling in beautiful regions of Italy

    Rome Writings – The Vatican, ice cream and penis-shaped pasta – where else but Rome?

    Mediterranean Travel Blogs

    Greece Travel Blog – Superb blog about a country of culture, mythology and glorious beaches.

    Turkish Travel Blog – Not strictly Europe (yet!), but well worth including in this list

    Crete Blog – Find out more about this stunning island isolated in the middle of the Mediterranean

    History of Macedonia – If you think that ancient history was all Greeks and Trojans – think again!

    Med Food and Travel – All of Europe´s Mediterranean coastline covered in this culinary blog

    Spain Travel Blogs

    I Want to Go to Spain – Vibrant reports about many of the coastal resorts that make the Spanish Costas the Nº 1 vacation destination for many Europeans

    Abroad in Spain – Very funny and insightful guide to living in Spain as an expat American

    Spain Travel Blog – Some of the hidden beauties of Spain revealed in this well-written blog

    Notes From Spain – Informative views about the current political and economic climate in Spain

    Madrid Travel Blog – Travel, tourism and a passion for soccer in the capital of Spain!

    United Kingdom Travel Blogs

    UK Travel Blog – Easy to read and informative travel blog, whichever region of the U.K. you are planning to visit and no matter whether you are visiting for business or pleasure

    Cherie City – Food and fashion feature in this blog heavily influenced by London

    UK Airports Information Blog – Essential advice if your destination is via a U.K. airport

    Enjoy England – People who work in the U.K. travel industry go on their U.K. vacations

    Cheese ´n´ Biscuits – Think English food is all roast beef and fish and chips – think again!





    18/05/2017

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    Travel insurance: do you really need it for a European holiday?

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    Travel insurance: do you really need it for a European holiday?

    F igures out this week on the rising cost of hospital treatment in foreign countries should put the wind up anyone planning to holiday abroad without a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and/or travel insurance.

    If you fall seriously ill abroad and need hospital treatment, the average cost is now 2,040, up 6.25% year on year, according to research by Sainsbury’s Finance.

    From an analysis of travel insurance claims, the most expensive country for inpatient treatment is the US, with the average hospital visit costing 6,000 last year, 10% more than in 2008. The next priciest is Thailand at 2,750, followed by the Canary Islands at 2,500. The cheapest country is Bulgaria, with the average visit to hospital costing 500, a 5% increase year on year.

    Greece was the country where more holidaymakers required treatment than any other last year, followed by Turkey and Spain’s Balearic islands, including Mallorca, Minorca and Ibiza. Gastroenteritis was among the most common reasons for a hospital stay over the summer, with the average bill for inpatient treatment costing 1,200, while the most expensive hospital bills – averaging 12,500 – were for those suffering a heart attack. Outpatient treatment in a foreign hospital can also burn a big hole in the holiday budget, with average costs ranging from 200 to treat an insect bite and 275 for an ear infection, up to 450 for treating a head wound or bronchitis.

    There is no question that if you are travelling to a country where you would have to bear the full cost of any medical treatment – and that includes most countries outside Europe, including the US, Canada, Thailand and Turkey – then travel insurance covering you for medical expenses and repatriation is a must.

    But some would argue that if you are young, healthy and heading to Europe without children, particularly if you are visiting bigger cities rather than the back of beyond, an EHIC – without travel insurance – might be sufficient.

    If you are a UK resident, the EHIC gives you access to state-provided healthcare, at a reduced cost or sometimes free, when temporarily visiting an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Applying for the card is free and it is valid for up to five years. The easiest way to apply for or renew an EHIC is at ehic.org.uk. Alternatively, you can call 0845 606 2030 or pick up an application form from the Post Office. You’ll need to supply the NHS or national insurance number, surname, forenames and date of birth of applicants.

    Presenting the EHIC entitles you to treatment that may become necessary during your trip. It doesn’t allow you to go abroad specifically to receive medical care, but routine maternity care, renal dialysis and managing the symptoms of existing or chronic conditions that arise while abroad are covered. The card allows you the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting. In some countries patients must contribute to the cost of their treatment and, even with an EHIC, you might be expected to do the same, though you may be reimbursed for this when you are back in the UK, if you are not able to do so in the other country.

    Advice from the UK government and the NHS is that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance because it does not cover the costs of private healthcare or services that are not part of the state healthcare system, nor does it cover the cost of mountain rescue in ski resorts or being brought back to the UK.

    When weighing up whether to risk not buying travel insurance, remember that each country’s healthcare system is different, so your EHIC might not cover everything you would expect free on the NHS. For example, some state-run hospitals in Europe have privately-operated ambulance services, so you would pay for this.

    To avoid unnecessary private medical bills, you should always seek out state-provided medical care, and whenever possible present your EHIC before treatment. You need to be particularly careful if the arrangements for your treatment have been made by a hotel or travel representative because sometimes they will recommend a private healthcare provider which is not covered by the EHIC.

    You can find out what your EHIC will and won’t cover by looking at the country-by-country guide in the healthcare abroad pages on the NHS Choices website at nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad. In Spain, for example, some hospitals and health centres offer private and state-provided healthcare and it is up to you to say which you require, and make sure that any doctor or hospital you use will accept your EHIC. Note that if you are asked to pay up front, you are not being treated under the Spanish health service and your EHIC will not be accepted.

    In some parts of Spain, particularly the outlying islands, you may have to travel some distance to find a state healthcare provider. Dental treatment is generally not available under the state system and the costs are not refundable. Medicines prescribed by health service practitioners can be obtained from any pharmacy but you’ll be charged up to 40% of the cost unless you are a European Economic Area or UK pensioner, with proof of this status.

    Some European health systems expect you to pay your bill upfront and claim a refund using your EHIC.

    You should always try to apply for your refund before you return home, but if you can’t you should keep copies of all receipts and any paperwork and make a claim in the UK by calling the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle) on 0191 218 1999.

    The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with certain non-EU countries and territories where the EHIC is of no use including, for example, Australia, Croatia, Gibraltar, New Zealand and Russia. (There used to be a reciprocal agreement with the Channel Islands, too. But that ended in March 2009, so anybody now visiting the likes of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm must pay for their own treatment if they fall ill or suffer injury.)

    If you are visiting any of these countries and need urgent or immediate medical treatment, as a UK national you should be treated as if you were a resident of the country in question and receive treatment at a reduced cost or, in some cases, free.

    But these agreements don’t cover the cost of repatriation to the UK or routine monitoring of existing conditions, and the range of medical services in these countries may be more restricted than under the NHS. So, again, you are taking a risk if you go to these countries without buying a travel insurance policy that gives you adequate cover for medical costs.

    In Australia, for example, provided that you have proof of your UK residence in the form of an NHS medical card or UK driving licence, and temporary entry permit, you can get free treatment at public hospitals but you’ll need to pay for treatment at most doctors’ surgeries, and for prescribed medicines, ambulance travel and dental treatment.

    • This article was amended on 15 September 2010. The original said that the UK-Channel Islands reciprocal health agreement remained in force. This has been corrected.





    16/05/2017

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    Top Ten Tips for European Train Travel #cheap #t?ckets

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    Top 10 Tips for European Train Travel

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    If you are more visually oriented, then our Rebel Mouse page called Europe Travel Tips and Ideas features many of our European destinations, events, apps, and other travel related news and pictures.

    Here s what you need to know about traveling Europe on the train–from planning your trip to buying tickets to getting the most for your travel dollar.

    European trains are fast, clean, convenient and take you from city center to city center. You might be amazed at all the places you can travel to, including the small cities and villages .

    Buying Train Tickets in Advance

    Buy Your Train Tickets with a Smartphone App. James Martin

    Lots of folks want to get their hands on tickets before they leave on vacation. You risk loosing them, of course. But today there are some fairly safe ways to purchase tickets in advance.

    DB Bahn also offers a variety of ways to use your smart phone to purchase tickets. You can either register with the site and get tickets to print out before you travel, or keep the tickets on your smart phone. As long as the battery is charged, you can show the conductor the phone with the bar code and that, plus your id card, is your ticket to ride.





    16/05/2017

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    Hop On Hop Off European Train Travel

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    The first class car in Italy

    I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend logic and reality letting my mind wander with the rocking. Then my eyes catch a glimpse, I sit up more alert and focus in on it -a castle high on a hill in the distance. It has multiple towers and levels set in this picture perfect landscape and my brain is now processing the fact that there’s no way I am in America but I’ve been traveling so fast – it’s hard for me to keep up where I am these days.  A wave of happiness swept over me as I realized I would have never seen this if I had been on a plane flying between European countries.

    It has always been a goal of mine to take the train around Europe and now finally when I’m well past the age of backpacking Europe, I find myself riding around Europe for 2 months on a Eurail pass. Since I was going to be traveling around to various cities as the “Go with Oh” Blogger. I needed a way to get from city to city and rail was the first and only thing that came to mind.

    You ll fall in love with train stations in Europe

    I m a train lover in fact I ve had a fascinating history with trains as I worked for a railroad in my first job out of college.  I used to think that a Eurail pass was this free-wheeling, hippy-ish way to travel; you had one ticket and just hopped on and off trains much like those city Hop on-Hop Off tour buses. However when I received my Eurail packet in the mail back in the States, I eagerly opened it up and quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. There was a whole booklet on how to activate and utilize your pass. There were rules, restrictions, and guidelines; this is not the vocabulary of hippies.

    Big sigh hippy dream dies…but still excited.

    My first order of business was to understand what exactly the pass got me. I had the Eurail Global Pass that allowed me to travel first class anywhere in Europe for 15 travel days over the course of 2 months; it was sort of the ‘mack daddy’ of Eurail passes, so this was a good start. However as I read on I learned that I couldn’t just hop on any train anytime (if I expected to get anywhere in a timely manner), instead many trains between countries required reservations and reservation fees.

    My Route

    I had planned to go from Rome to Venice to Vienna, to Berlin, to Paris, to Barcelona, with a few local jaunts mixed in.

    Things you should know about the Eurail Global Pass

    Reservations

    Yes you still have to make reservations in most circumstances.  You will definitely need a reservation for any overnight train.  In order to make this reservation and research process eaiser   don’t throw that seemingly silly old school paper train schedule book away when they send it to you. It was my Bible for the initial research I needed to do to even consider a reservation. One would think that paper schedules are passé…but not for riding the rails across Europe. You can find a few sites with the schedules for the mainstream train routes. but since you are covering a variety of countries and train systems, there’s not really a great single place to go and figure this stuff out across countries. Plus – much of the time when I needed to do the research, I didn’t have wifi available. So – hold on to the booklet – you’ll look retro and cool paging through time tables – trust me.

    My sleeper compartment from Berlin to Paris

    I used the book to figure out what trains I wanted to take and get the general timeframes, and then as I was near a station in a major city I would stop in and book the seat whenever I could. I did this for night legs (required), but I would highly recommend to reserve long legs across countries even if they are during the day. There is normally an extra fee – but you will know you have a seat.

    Follow all of the rules, even if they seem stupid

    For many local routes you don’t even need to get a ticket as your pass serves as your ticket. However – you do need to fill in the date and location of your travel on your paper ticket by hand with a pen before the conductor comes around to ‘take’ your ticket. Yes, I know what you are thinking – this seems rather silly and absurd in this day and age. Ahem…follow all of the rules even if they seem stupid. And note that even if you have a ticket because you reserved a seat and had to pay a few extra Euros for that seat – you still need to have the date filled in on your global pass. This scribbling on your pass is essentially your ticket, and if you forgot to fill in the information on your pass because you were running to catch the train, then you are SOL. The conductor can actually fine you as without the scribble you are technically on the train without a ticket. Yes, this happened to me once, and the conductor luckily just gave me a stern look of disapproval and a warning. Phew.

    First Class travel

    As you reserve, make sure that you get your first class designation and seat. The Eurail passes are first class passes, and this my friends makes your life so much easier – take advantage of it! However do know that the quality of first class varies drastically between countries and trains. When I went from Venice to Vienna there was a leg of it that was on the bus, and even my bus seat was first class. It came with more room, and free coffee!

    My first class bus seating from Venice to Vienna

    A Couple of Tips

    If you are going by train, then my best piece of advice is leave the rolling suitcase at home. Take a backpack as it’s so much easier to get on and off the trains as well as around the stations. Many of the stations in Europe are not accessible accept by stairs. Trust me on this – you will be happier.

    You can reserve an international ticket even if you are not in the country you are reserving for. I was in Rome and I knew I needed to do an overnight train from Berlin to Paris in 4 weeks and I needed to reserve it now. I simply went to the Rome Termini, stood in line for a bit and then they helped me book my ticket between Germany and France.

    Overnight trains can be expensive – even with the Eurail pass, but often you can still cover the distance in the day and actually get to pay less and see more. I saved 75 Euro by taking the day train from Paris to Barcelona – and I was sitting in 1st class!

    Overall I loved exploring Europe by rail, it was a great way to see the countryside and avoid annoying airports and security!

    What Eurail tips do you have to share?





    03/05/2017

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    Cheap Rail Travel to Europe, European Traveller #deals #on #airline #tickets

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    Cheap Rail Travel to Europe

    Voyages Sncf UK is the UK’s leading specialist in tickets and passes for European rail travel. They are the UK representative of the French National Railways (SNCF) and have helped millions of travellers secure train travel for nearly a century.

    So if you are planning a trip to or through Europe by rail. This is the place to get the expert advice that you need to find the best ticket or pass options for your trip.

    Rail Travel to Europe

    Rail travel to Europe can become quite complicated with all the different countries, train systems, pass and ticket options available. That is why you need to take expert advice on the available options to ensure that you get the best pass or ticket deals available for your desired routes.

    Voyages SNCF are specialist in train travel for Europe and all information is in English making it much easier to understand the options available to you. To get the cheapest train fares you need to book in advance, there is a handy guide to getting the best fares on European trains, so make sure you are in the know! Take a look at for different options, especially if you are planning extended travel plans around Europe and don’t forget to have a quick read of the relevant ticket and rail pass guides before you make a final decision.

    When you go to the website you will arrive on the European routes and rail tickets page where you can fill in a form detailing your requirements so you can search for availability and price. There is also an option to select a rail pass of choice or even to look for a hotel. While you are there don’t forget to check out any special deals on offer and you might also find it is beneficial to sign up for the ENEWSLETTER so that you get advance notification of all the latest deals and benefits.

    Rail travel to France really is a good option and if you want to take your car with you then you should take a look at the Motorail services, to see what routes are available.

    Rail travel in Europe is a great way to view the countries you are visiting, it really takes the stress out of the journey. You can sit back, relax enjoy the scenery play games read a book or use the on train facilities while someone else does the driving.

    What could be nicer and as an added bonus the trains often take you through countryside and routes you would not otherwise see if you took a different travel option.

    Avignon:

    Eurostar Direct Avignon Service this service runs from London St Pancras International. Fares start at 119 for a high speed return journey.

    Classes and Facilities on Trains

    Different operators offer different services for their travel classes and can call the classes by different names as well. For a full breakdown of what the different classes are called by the different operators and what those classes include, go to Voyages-Sncf Class of Travel to check out the differences.

    If all else fails and you cannot find the train service you are looking for then there is always the man in seat 61. what he doesn’t know about train travel isn’t worth knowing.





    02/05/2017

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    European Travel International – Travel Services – Riverside, CA – Reviews

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    Recommended Reviews

    I can not thank Ina enough for planning an incredible vacation.  We traveled with a group of 17 (mostly woman and children) and everything went smoothly.  She was very patient with us when having difficulties and last minute changes.  I would recommend using a travel agent in all my future getaways.  We even had one of our group run into passport difficulties and Ina went above and beyond to help sort it out.  It was no nice to arrive at a foreign airport and have transportation waiting for us, the hotel even placed our groups rooms together, and check in was flawless.  Thank you

    First to Review

    I don t recommend this agency for many reasons. I have been emailing Ina for a month now to book my vacation and have proof of emails. she said I was to anxious and not a priority.





    28/04/2017

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    European Travel Services

    EUROPEAN TRAVEL SERVICES ACQUIRED BY ABBEY TOURS

    London, November 2015. Long established destination management company European Travel Services (ETS) has been bought by Abbey Tours in a move which gives the major Irish tour operator its first presence in London.

    Privately owned ETS has been providing tourist services throughout Great Britain from its central London base to the overseas travel trade for nearly 30 years, and its purchase by Abbey Tours gives the Irish operator an important boost to its presence in the UK. The new London office builds on Abbey’s existing locations in Dublin and Edinburgh.

    ETS managing director Jim Brown commenting on the development said, ‘We believe this is an exciting opportunity for both Abbey Tours and ourselves. Abbey have established a wide base of travel partner clients throughout Europe, North America, Canada and Australia. We are very much looking forward to providing expert assistance in London and across the UK for their clients’.

    With the acquisition ETS becomes part of the Abbey Group, but it will continue to trade under the ETS brand. A recruitment strategy has been put in place to increase the existing staff levels, and Jim Brown will remain in charge of the company.

    Originally founded in 1978, Abbey Tours has become the largest incoming operator to Ireland with over 800 travel trade partners in 42 countries worldwide. They employ 85 full time staff in their Dublin based headquarters and last year serviced some 115,000 visitors to the country. The company’s growth has been accelerated with a number of acquisitions over the years and the setting up of Abbey Tours Scotland in 2008.

    Abbey Tours Chairman Brian Mc Colgan said, ‘We have been looking to establish a business in the UK for some time now, we found our clients have been increasingly requesting this service from us. There are many synergies between the two companies and given the great reputation ETS enjoys with both clients and long-time suppliers the acquisition made perfect sense. We see great opportunities arising from this move and we look forward to realising the potential which this acquisition presents’.

    Added Jim Brown: “ETS has enjoyed many years of success in the industry and with the valued support of Abbey Tours, we look forward to achieving further growth in the years to come.

    Encore Tickets is proud to be ETS’ preferred partner for the supply of theatre tickets since 2001. We consider ETS a strategic and key partner, a leading tour operator who through professionalism, excellent service and innovation allow Encore Tickets to widen our distribution and develop our businesses for mutual benefit.

    Johan Oosterveld, Chief Operating Officer, Encore Tickets Ltd

    We’ve been working with ETS for many years now and it’s been a really successful partnership. They have been of great support to us in the markets they cover and our products feature prominently in almost all of their client programmes. They’ve used our attractions to put together some new and creative packages and we value our relationship with ETS closely.

    We’ve been working with ETS for over 30 years now and have enjoyed an excellent working relationship over the years. Their reservations staff have always been polite and efficient and payments are always made on time. This has certainly helped to grow our business together and we look forward to continued mutual success. ETS’s clients will always be most welcome in our hotel.

    We’ve been highly appreciating our reliable partner ETS for several years now. TUI Wolters has always experienced the company’s high level of competence and great commitment. We’re looking forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the professional and very kind team of ETS.

    Lisa Twesten – Product Manager Northern Europe – Wolters Reisen GmbH

    TUI City Breaks is proud to look back on a long and successful partnership with ETS. They are family for us when we are in London and it’s like coming home. The biggest compliment always comes from the representatives of the hotels or agencies when we visit them together with ETS. ETS has such an excellent reputation, as they are all good professionals. You always feel in good hands and “you never walk alone”. Keep it up ETS!

    Ulrike Blase – Productmanager – TUI City Breaks

    Prima Reisen arbeitet seit vielen Jahren mit ETS im Bereich Rundreisen für den gesamten UK erfolgreich zusammen. Wir schätzen die Zuverlässigkeit und Flexibilität von ETS und freuen uns auf eine weiterhin gute Zusammenarbeit mit unserem kompetenten Partner





    27/04/2017

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    FORT GEORGE

    Fort George has set out to establish itself as a cultural hub in the Adriatic acting as a focal point for people to meet and experience its history, culture and unique entertainment. Situated on the island of Vis, Croatia, Fort George was built by the British Navy in 1813 as part of their efforts to wrest control of the Adriatic from Napoleon. Standing on a high promontory with a commanding and breathtaking view of the island, the fort is currently undergoing the second phase of restoration to become a high-end, multi-purpose venue.

    The rich heritage of the fort will be captured and preserved in a small museum housing paintings, maps and other artefacts relating to its turbulent past.

    WINE CELLAR

    Every inch a match for the selection of spirits and cigars upstairs, the wine cellar will be carefully stocked to trump expectations and reward exploration.

    RESTAURANT

    The mission here is to offer new, innovative and interesting cuisine mirroring the vaulting ambition of the Fort George project and a dining experience to live up to its spectacular setting.

    Artists will be invited to take up residencies to allow them to respond to and be inspired by their surroundings, infusing the fort with their vibrancy and creativity.

    The garden will host a string of high-profile bands, solo artists and DJís as part of a programme of summer entertainment.





    27/04/2017

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    European tour packages, european vacation packages, affordable european tours #italy #travel

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    European tour packages,european vacation packages,affordable european tours

    Independent tours

    • Tour to Vienna, Budapest

    Price: 867 EURO

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  • Tour to Riga Vilnius Tallinn
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  • Tour to Frankfurt am Main, Paris, Luxembourg
    Price: 583 EURO
  • Tour to Stary Smokovec
    Price: 333 EURO
  • Tour to Bern
    Price: 358 EURO
  • Tour to Lyon, Monaco, Florence, Milan
    Price: 650 EURO
  • Tour to Dublin
    Price: 208 EURO
  • Tour to Helsinki, St.Petersburg
    Price: 837 EURO
  • Tour to Skopje

    Price: 70 EURO

  • Escorted tours

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    Building skills and interior facilitation, as well as the way of organizing business and family life of people in the hilly – mountainous areas of the Dinar region are presented in 55 buildings (of which 32 are in permanent museum exhibition) which are relocated from Zlatibor’s villages. We recommend visit to Old village Sirogojno on european tour packages to Serbia created by europe trip planner or european vacation on independent tour to Sebia.  The process of transfer, setting-up and Read more.





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  • Package Travel – European Commission #cheap #air #ticket

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    Package Travel

    Revision of the Package Travel Directive

    On 28 May 2015 the EU Council backed the new Package Travel Directive. bringing it up to date with the developments in the travel market. The agreement was achieved after the Commission made a proposal in July 2013 (IP/13/663 ), which received the support of the European Parliament in March 2014 (MEMO/14/184 ). Ministers in the Council had reached agreement on a General Approach in December 2014.

    Following publication in the EU’s Official Journal in the autumn 2015, Member States will have two years to implement the new rules and traders a further period of 6 months to adapt to the new rules.

    Scope of the Directive

    The rules will extend protection of the 1990 EU Package Travel Directive to cover not only traditional package holidays, but also give clear protection to 120 million consumers who book other forms of combined travel, e.g. a self-chosen combination on a website of a flight plus hotel or car rental. There will always be protection where travel services are advertised as a package or where they are offered at a total or inclusive price.

    The the proposed legislation broadens the concept of package and now will apply to 3 different sorts of travel combinations:

    pre-arranged packages – ready-made holidays from a tour operator made up of at least 2 elements: transport, accommodation or other services, e.g. car rental;

    customised packages – selection of components by the traveller and bought from a single business online or offline;

    linked travel arrangements – if the consumer, after having booked one travel service on one website, is invited to book another service through a targeted link or similar, the new rules offer some protection provided that the second booking is made within 24 hours.

    Benefits for Consumers

    The new Directive is expected to reduce damages to consumers by about 430 million a year, due to the following reinforced rights:

    • New information requirements for travellers. they must include understandable information on the package and the protection they benefit from under package holiday rules.
    • More predictable prices. establishment of a 8% threshold for price increase by the trader, beyond which the traveller has the right to cancel their holiday free of charge.
    • Stronger cancellation rights. assurance of free cancellation before departure in case of natural disasters, war, or other serious situations at the destination. Package travellers will also be able to cancel their holiday for any reason by paying a reasonable cancellation fee.
    • Clear identification of the liable party. the organiser of the package in all EU Member States has to deal with the problem if something goes wrong.
    • Clear liability for booking errors. traders will be made explicitly liable for booking errors in relation to packages and linked travel arrangements.
    • Clarification on essential consumer rights. the organiser is required to assist travellers in difficulty, for example in case of need of health assistance.
    • Guarantees of money-back and repatriation. if the package organiser goes bankrupt, these guarantees will be extended to linked travel arrangements.

    Benefits for Businesses

    The new Directive will reduce the administrative burden on businesses and bring down compliance costs for traders from 11 to 8 per package sold. The main advantages for market operators consist in:

    • A level playing field. the same rules will apply for businesses across the EU selling competing travel products. The new harmonized approach will result in easier cross-border transactions.
    • Mutual recognition of insolvency protection. insolvency schemes would be recognised across the EU. At this regard, a structured cooperation mechanism between the Member States will be put in place.
    • Business trips arranged by business travel management companies will no longer be included under the rules. this avoids overregulation, while ensuring that small and micro-businesses making travel arrangements will still be protected.
    • Modernised information requirements no longer based exclusively on travel brochures. the fact that traders will not have to reprint brochures is expected to save traders 390 million per year.
    • Less administrative burden, easier cross-border transactions and legal certainty will at the same time benefit businesses.

    The Review Process

    The directive is a result of thorough analysis of the main regulatory problems in the area of package travel and multiple stakeholder consultations:

    Against this background, the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the Directive in November 2009. While the consultation in 2007 sought to identify the problems with the existing Directive, this consultation focused on possible ways of solving the identified problems.

    On 22 April 2010 the Commission held a full-day stakeholders’ workshop on the revision of the Package Travel Directive.

    The aim of the workshop was to discuss the policy options identified during the revision process.

    On 5 June 2012 the Commission held a further conference with stakeholders and Member States on the revision of the Package Travel Directive ( agenda (12 kB) ).

    The purpose of the conference was to discuss and clarify some key issues for the presentation of the new proposal.





    16/04/2017

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    Travel insurance: do you really need it for a European holiday?

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    Travel insurance: do you really need it for a European holiday?

    F igures out this week on the rising cost of hospital treatment in foreign countries should put the wind up anyone planning to holiday abroad without a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and/or travel insurance.

    If you fall seriously ill abroad and need hospital treatment, the average cost is now 2,040, up 6.25% year on year, according to research by Sainsbury’s Finance.

    From an analysis of travel insurance claims, the most expensive country for inpatient treatment is the US, with the average hospital visit costing 6,000 last year, 10% more than in 2008. The next priciest is Thailand at 2,750, followed by the Canary Islands at 2,500. The cheapest country is Bulgaria, with the average visit to hospital costing 500, a 5% increase year on year.

    Greece was the country where more holidaymakers required treatment than any other last year, followed by Turkey and Spain’s Balearic islands, including Mallorca, Minorca and Ibiza. Gastroenteritis was among the most common reasons for a hospital stay over the summer, with the average bill for inpatient treatment costing 1,200, while the most expensive hospital bills – averaging 12,500 – were for those suffering a heart attack. Outpatient treatment in a foreign hospital can also burn a big hole in the holiday budget, with average costs ranging from 200 to treat an insect bite and 275 for an ear infection, up to 450 for treating a head wound or bronchitis.

    There is no question that if you are travelling to a country where you would have to bear the full cost of any medical treatment – and that includes most countries outside Europe, including the US, Canada, Thailand and Turkey – then travel insurance covering you for medical expenses and repatriation is a must.

    But some would argue that if you are young, healthy and heading to Europe without children, particularly if you are visiting bigger cities rather than the back of beyond, an EHIC – without travel insurance – might be sufficient.

    If you are a UK resident, the EHIC gives you access to state-provided healthcare, at a reduced cost or sometimes free, when temporarily visiting an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Applying for the card is free and it is valid for up to five years. The easiest way to apply for or renew an EHIC is at ehic.org.uk. Alternatively, you can call 0845 606 2030 or pick up an application form from the Post Office. You’ll need to supply the NHS or national insurance number, surname, forenames and date of birth of applicants.

    Presenting the EHIC entitles you to treatment that may become necessary during your trip. It doesn’t allow you to go abroad specifically to receive medical care, but routine maternity care, renal dialysis and managing the symptoms of existing or chronic conditions that arise while abroad are covered. The card allows you the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting. In some countries patients must contribute to the cost of their treatment and, even with an EHIC, you might be expected to do the same, though you may be reimbursed for this when you are back in the UK, if you are not able to do so in the other country.

    Advice from the UK government and the NHS is that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance because it does not cover the costs of private healthcare or services that are not part of the state healthcare system, nor does it cover the cost of mountain rescue in ski resorts or being brought back to the UK.

    When weighing up whether to risk not buying travel insurance, remember that each country’s healthcare system is different, so your EHIC might not cover everything you would expect free on the NHS. For example, some state-run hospitals in Europe have privately-operated ambulance services, so you would pay for this.

    To avoid unnecessary private medical bills, you should always seek out state-provided medical care, and whenever possible present your EHIC before treatment. You need to be particularly careful if the arrangements for your treatment have been made by a hotel or travel representative because sometimes they will recommend a private healthcare provider which is not covered by the EHIC.

    You can find out what your EHIC will and won’t cover by looking at the country-by-country guide in the healthcare abroad pages on the NHS Choices website at nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad. In Spain, for example, some hospitals and health centres offer private and state-provided healthcare and it is up to you to say which you require, and make sure that any doctor or hospital you use will accept your EHIC. Note that if you are asked to pay up front, you are not being treated under the Spanish health service and your EHIC will not be accepted.

    In some parts of Spain, particularly the outlying islands, you may have to travel some distance to find a state healthcare provider. Dental treatment is generally not available under the state system and the costs are not refundable. Medicines prescribed by health service practitioners can be obtained from any pharmacy but you’ll be charged up to 40% of the cost unless you are a European Economic Area or UK pensioner, with proof of this status.

    Some European health systems expect you to pay your bill upfront and claim a refund using your EHIC.

    You should always try to apply for your refund before you return home, but if you can’t you should keep copies of all receipts and any paperwork and make a claim in the UK by calling the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle) on 0191 218 1999.

    The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with certain non-EU countries and territories where the EHIC is of no use including, for example, Australia, Croatia, Gibraltar, New Zealand and Russia. (There used to be a reciprocal agreement with the Channel Islands, too. But that ended in March 2009, so anybody now visiting the likes of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm must pay for their own treatment if they fall ill or suffer injury.)

    If you are visiting any of these countries and need urgent or immediate medical treatment, as a UK national you should be treated as if you were a resident of the country in question and receive treatment at a reduced cost or, in some cases, free.

    But these agreements don’t cover the cost of repatriation to the UK or routine monitoring of existing conditions, and the range of medical services in these countries may be more restricted than under the NHS. So, again, you are taking a risk if you go to these countries without buying a travel insurance policy that gives you adequate cover for medical costs.

    In Australia, for example, provided that you have proof of your UK residence in the form of an NHS medical card or UK driving licence, and temporary entry permit, you can get free treatment at public hospitals but you’ll need to pay for treatment at most doctors’ surgeries, and for prescribed medicines, ambulance travel and dental treatment.

    • This article was amended on 15 September 2010. The original said that the UK-Channel Islands reciprocal health agreement remained in force. This has been corrected.





    03/04/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #student

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





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    Top European train trips

    By Joe Minihane, for CNN Travel – 11 February, 2013

    There’s something magical about boarding from a rail platform in London and disembarking in Paris, or breaking out a bottle of wine on an overnight train for a romantic weekend in St. Petersburg.

    Glacier trains, lake views and mountain passes … Europe’s best train journeys second as destinations unto themselves.

    Tell us about your favorite European train trips in the comments section.

    London to Avignon

    London’s Eurostar connection has made hopping on the train to the continent a far more enjoyable alternative than venturing out to the city’s crowded, retail-obsessed airports.

    This gorgeous, long-distance route to southern France’s former papal seat can be done direct in the summer in less than six hours, with service every Saturday.

    Non-direct journeys involve a swift change in Lille, adding just half an hour to the journey time.

    A stretch through the Kent countryside gives you a brief glimpse of one of England’s prettiest counties before the train rolls on at 300 kph through eastern France, with beautiful views of vineyards and ancient towns.

    Take the early train and you’ll be there in time for a leisurely glass of Chateauneuf.

    From £264 (US$399) round-trip; uk.eurostar.com

    Geneva to Milan

    For the majority of this four-hour trip you’ll be looking out at spectacular views of Lake Geneva before racing across alpine meadows bordered by colossal snow-topped mountains.

    The train passes through the towns of Lausanne and Brig, where you can jump off and take the stunning Glacier Express, which takes seven and a half hours to chug along endless switchbacks to the ski resort of St. Moritz.

    No worries about tight schedules: Swiss railways are among the most punctual in the world.

    From CHF181 (US$195) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Le Train Jaune, Pyrenees

    You can lean from the open windows to feel the breeze.

    Resembling the sort of toy train you’d find in a model village,  Le Train Jaune, the “yellow train,” is a century-old institution that offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees.

    It’s also an ideal way for skiers in this corner of France to reach the area’s excellent resorts.

    Running between the mountain villages of Villefranche de Conflent and Latour de Carol, the train creeps up to a height of 1,600 meters above sea level during its three-hour ascent, crossing original suspension bridges and forts that helped defend this border region long ago.

    From €34 (US$42) round-trip; discovergirona.net

    Berlin to Moscow

    A classic route between two of eastern Europe’s most powerful and beguiling cities.

    This day-long trip strikes east to the nearby Polish border, through the Polish cities of Poznan and Warsaw before traversing Belarus via Minsk and entering Russia.

    Vast, snowy winter landscapes are what really make this a must-do in the frigid months of the year. Second-class private berths are snug, with two bunks and a fold-down chair, while swankier first-class berths come with a TV and wine.

    Note: You’ll need a transit visa for getting through Belarus.

    Zurich Airport to Arosa

    Rightly billed as the world’s most beautiful airport transfer, this route, via a quick change to a smaller regional service in the town of Chur, is the perfect introduction to Switzerland.

    The journey from Chur passes through the town’s postcard outskirts before heaving itself up impossibly steep hairpins.

    The views are top notch, with mountain passes and snowy forests in every direction.

    The real highlight comes when the train glides across the Langwieser Viadukt, 60 meters above the thundering River Plessure.  The world’s first reinforced concrete viaduct, it’s a marvel of Swiss engineering.

    There’s simply no better way to ease into a week on the slopes.

    From CHF23 (US$25) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Sofia to Belgrade

    You won’t want to sleep through one of the continent’s most fascinating train rides.

    You can grab a bunk and take a sleeper on this jaunt through the Balkans, but you’d be missing out on one of the continent’s most fascinating views.

    Starting in Bulgaria’s increasingly popular capital, the eight-hour day train offers a fascinating glimpse into how this recently troubled part of Europe still has one foot in the past.

    The rolling stock is Communist-era vintage and some of the guards still wear Yugoslavian uniforms, while the views range from  idiosyncratic Orthodox churches to the kind of Old World agricultural landscapes you probably thought had died out in Europe some time in the mid-20th century.

    From 26 BGN Lev (US$18) one-way with Interrail pass; www.countryconnect.co.uk

    Helsinki to St. Petersburg

    This seriously swift route cuts through evergreen forests with views across arctic lakes in the summer.

    This snappy route used to take five and a half hours on creaking Soviet-era carriages before new Allegro high-speed trains slashed journey times by two hours in 2010.

    There’s a proper restaurant car for indulging that “high roller traveling through eastern Europe” vibe, while the service is as good as you’ll find on any train on the continent.

    Currently there are four trains a day, with plans to get the overall ride down to just three hours total in the next few years.

    From €144 (US$194) round-trip; www.vr.fi





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    France Travel Direct: Travel to France with affordable European Travel Deals

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    France Travel Direct

    France is probably once of the most visited countries in the world. Because of it’s geographical location, nearly every traveller passing from Great Britain to Central/Western/Eastern Europe will pass through France – and particularly Paris.

    With a rich history, as well as a culture and architecture almost unrivalled in Europe, France set high standards in the fields of gastronomy and haute couture. The country offers a diverse range of scenery, climate and historical sites, from the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley, to the lofty heights of the Pyrenees and the French Alps, and the sun-drenched beaches of the Riviera – the world’s most famous playground for the rich and famous. The former battlefields of the Somme and Marne Valleys, the rugged coastline of Normandy and Brittany, the marshes of the Camargue and the wine-growing regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne all combine to make France one of the most scenic Central European countries to Visit.

    Let us help you plan your next visit to France. We can assist with everything from accommodation to sightseeing, city packages, barge-ing and river cruises, ski holidays, special interest group tours and much much more. Vive la France!!





    23/03/2017

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    EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL – About Us #cheap #bus #travel

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    EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL was founded in 1997 by Channing Taylor, a 40-year veteran of the travel business, in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Channing worked for a travel agency after graduating from McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

    After a few years, he went to work for Air Canada, where he worked in sales. Following Air Canada, Channing worked for Quebecair and later for KLM.

    After leaving KLM, he became Sales Director for European Resources, a company which managed and marketed barge and river cruises in Europe.

    In 1997, he founded EUROPEAN AMERICAN TRAVEL. Tired of New England winters, he relocated the company to sunny Florida five years ago. The company opened a branch office in Paris, France in 2010.

    Sylvie Chabret manages the Paris office. She has been in the business for over 16 years and has worked as tour guide and was the Paris manager of a major international tour operator.

    Among the staff, we speak English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and even Lithuanian.

    Channing Sylvie

    The Staff, Florida and Paris





    20/03/2017

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    Hop On Hop Off European Train Travel

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    The first class car in Italy

    I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend logic and reality letting my mind wander with the rocking. Then my eyes catch a glimpse, I sit up more alert and focus in on it -a castle high on a hill in the distance. It has multiple towers and levels set in this picture perfect landscape and my brain is now processing the fact that there’s no way I am in America but I’ve been traveling so fast – it’s hard for me to keep up where I am these days.  A wave of happiness swept over me as I realized I would have never seen this if I had been on a plane flying between European countries.

    It has always been a goal of mine to take the train around Europe and now finally when I’m well past the age of backpacking Europe, I find myself riding around Europe for 2 months on a Eurail pass. Since I was going to be traveling around to various cities as the “Go with Oh” Blogger. I needed a way to get from city to city and rail was the first and only thing that came to mind.

    You ll fall in love with train stations in Europe

    I m a train lover in fact I ve had a fascinating history with trains as I worked for a railroad in my first job out of college.  I used to think that a Eurail pass was this free-wheeling, hippy-ish way to travel; you had one ticket and just hopped on and off trains much like those city Hop on-Hop Off tour buses. However when I received my Eurail packet in the mail back in the States, I eagerly opened it up and quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. There was a whole booklet on how to activate and utilize your pass. There were rules, restrictions, and guidelines; this is not the vocabulary of hippies.

    Big sigh hippy dream dies…but still excited.

    My first order of business was to understand what exactly the pass got me. I had the Eurail Global Pass that allowed me to travel first class anywhere in Europe for 15 travel days over the course of 2 months; it was sort of the ‘mack daddy’ of Eurail passes, so this was a good start. However as I read on I learned that I couldn’t just hop on any train anytime (if I expected to get anywhere in a timely manner), instead many trains between countries required reservations and reservation fees.

    My Route

    I had planned to go from Rome to Venice to Vienna, to Berlin, to Paris, to Barcelona, with a few local jaunts mixed in.

    Things you should know about the Eurail Global Pass

    Reservations

    Yes you still have to make reservations in most circumstances.  You will definitely need a reservation for any overnight train.  In order to make this reservation and research process eaiser   don’t throw that seemingly silly old school paper train schedule book away when they send it to you. It was my Bible for the initial research I needed to do to even consider a reservation. One would think that paper schedules are passé…but not for riding the rails across Europe. You can find a few sites with the schedules for the mainstream train routes. but since you are covering a variety of countries and train systems, there’s not really a great single place to go and figure this stuff out across countries. Plus – much of the time when I needed to do the research, I didn’t have wifi available. So – hold on to the booklet – you’ll look retro and cool paging through time tables – trust me.

    My sleeper compartment from Berlin to Paris

    I used the book to figure out what trains I wanted to take and get the general timeframes, and then as I was near a station in a major city I would stop in and book the seat whenever I could. I did this for night legs (required), but I would highly recommend to reserve long legs across countries even if they are during the day. There is normally an extra fee – but you will know you have a seat.

    Follow all of the rules, even if they seem stupid

    For many local routes you don’t even need to get a ticket as your pass serves as your ticket. However – you do need to fill in the date and location of your travel on your paper ticket by hand with a pen before the conductor comes around to ‘take’ your ticket. Yes, I know what you are thinking – this seems rather silly and absurd in this day and age. Ahem…follow all of the rules even if they seem stupid. And note that even if you have a ticket because you reserved a seat and had to pay a few extra Euros for that seat – you still need to have the date filled in on your global pass. This scribbling on your pass is essentially your ticket, and if you forgot to fill in the information on your pass because you were running to catch the train, then you are SOL. The conductor can actually fine you as without the scribble you are technically on the train without a ticket. Yes, this happened to me once, and the conductor luckily just gave me a stern look of disapproval and a warning. Phew.

    First Class travel

    As you reserve, make sure that you get your first class designation and seat. The Eurail passes are first class passes, and this my friends makes your life so much easier – take advantage of it! However do know that the quality of first class varies drastically between countries and trains. When I went from Venice to Vienna there was a leg of it that was on the bus, and even my bus seat was first class. It came with more room, and free coffee!

    My first class bus seating from Venice to Vienna

    A Couple of Tips

    If you are going by train, then my best piece of advice is leave the rolling suitcase at home. Take a backpack as it’s so much easier to get on and off the trains as well as around the stations. Many of the stations in Europe are not accessible accept by stairs. Trust me on this – you will be happier.

    You can reserve an international ticket even if you are not in the country you are reserving for. I was in Rome and I knew I needed to do an overnight train from Berlin to Paris in 4 weeks and I needed to reserve it now. I simply went to the Rome Termini, stood in line for a bit and then they helped me book my ticket between Germany and France.

    Overnight trains can be expensive – even with the Eurail pass, but often you can still cover the distance in the day and actually get to pay less and see more. I saved 75 Euro by taking the day train from Paris to Barcelona – and I was sitting in 1st class!

    Overall I loved exploring Europe by rail, it was a great way to see the countryside and avoid annoying airports and security!

    What Eurail tips do you have to share?





    20/03/2017

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    Eurail Free Roaming Summer Promotion Provides Free Roaming SIM Card

    The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on http://www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card© 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

    Eurail launches the Free Roaming summer promotion and makes it easier for pass holders to stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe. The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 7 to September 30, 2014 or as long as supplies last.

    Eurail is committed to adding value to its Eurail Pass products. The free Eurail SIM Card offer is one more customer cost-saving initiative to help pass holders stay connected while traveling in Europe. This promotion offers our customers the unique opportunity to avoid costly Wi-Fi or roaming charges, explains Silvia Goerlach, Eurail Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

    The Eurail Free Roaming offer includes a prepaid, pre-activated +44 (United Kingdom) and +1 (United States) SIM Card which provides free incoming calls(a surcharge of € 0.20 per minute is charged for US numbers) and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi at selected Premium Hotspots. Additionally, the customer can freely combine up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB of data as long as the prepaid credit lasts.

    Once the prepaid credit has expired, the customer can recharge the Eurail SIM Card, and take advantage of the same attractive Eurail Roaming conditions. These are offered via telecommunications partner Global Roaming, which works with 67 operators in Europe and is one of the worldwide leading providers in mobile communication services. The Eurail Roaming SIM Card has coverage in 30 European countries, including all those participating in the Eurail Pass program.

    The Free Roaming Summer Promotion is valid for holders of a Eurail Global Pass, valid in 24 member countries or a Eurail Select Pass valid in four Countries. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. It covers nearly the entire European continent and offers travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from.

    Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors .

    Eurail Group G.I.E. the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by over thirty participating railways and shipping companies. Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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    20/03/2017

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